We want to help all our children to be successful readers who love reading.

We hope that the information on this page will help you to understand our approach to reading and phonics, and give you ideas for how you can help at home.

If you have any questions about reading or phonics at Water Street, please speak to your child's class teacher.


At Water Street we teach 'Synthetic Phonics' using the Letters and Sounds programme. The children are introduced to this in our Reception Class and children progress through the phases during Key Stage 1. They learn how to read and spell words using their phonic knowledge.  We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' framework creating our own Water Street Phonics programme.  Parental links and attachments are listed below. Every year, during the Autumn term,  we hold an information evening for parents on the teaching of phonics and how these can be practised at home. 

Key Words

We also encourage pupils to learn words 'by sight'. These words are the common words that are not easy to build up using phonic methods (the tricky words!) and need to be practised until they are instantly recognisable.

Reading Books

Our children learn to read using decodable reading books, these are matched to our Letters and Sounds Water Street Phonics Programme.

The children are guided in their choice of books to read for pleasure by their teacher. The children are encouraged to select books which cover a range of poetry,  fiction and non fiction genres. 

Library Books

Our children also have access to our library which has a wide range of different texts. The children visit the library each week and are encouraged to choose a book of their choice. They may take the book home to share with parents and can change their book on their next visit to the library.